Special Collection 2 - Article 3 | Pages 45-70

Mortality in Central and Eastern Europe: Long-term trends and recent upturns

By France Meslé

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Date received:17 Feb 2003
Date published:16 Apr 2004
Word count:5486
Keywords:cardiovascular diseases, cause of death, Central Europe, former USSR, life expectancy, violence
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2004.S2.3
 

Abstract

While, during several decades, unfavourable trends in mortality were quite similar in Central Europe and in the former USSR, in the most recent years, these two parts of Europe are diverging. In most Central European countries, life expectancy is now increasing mainly thanks to a decline in cardiovascular mortality. Conversely, cardiovascular mortality is still increasing in Russia and Ukraine and its negative impact is reinforced by a worsening of violent deaths and infectious mortality. The situation of Baltic countries is still uncertain but it is not impossible that these countries soon resume with sustainable progress in life expectancy.

Author's Affiliation

France Meslé - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]

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